Postseason roundup: Westerly girls had track season that ranks with program’s best

Postseason roundup: Westerly girls had track season that ranks with program’s best



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WESTERLY — Was this the best outdoor girls track season in the history of Westerly High?

Maybe.

If not, it certainly ranks among the best. The Bulldogs captured the state, Class B and Southern Division championships. And they won two Emerging Elite relays at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, N.C., including one in meet record time.

The distance medley relay time (12:06.47) run by Liz Letizio, Sydney Federico, Hall-Thomsen and Burr at nationals was a school record.

The Bulldogs broke five other school records along the way.

From 2003-06, Westerly won four state outdoor titles led by Samantha Gawrych. Gawrych was first-team All-State 27 times in her running career and a New England individual champion five times.

“When you talk about Sam, it unbalances the question. But after that, this team was on par, if not better, than those teams,” Westerly coach Dave Federico said. “It’s definitely our best team since 2006. Everyone was happy; we didn’t have any issues. They performed big in the big meets.”

As a result, the Bulldogs earned a rather lengthy list of postseason honors.

Burr was All-New England in the 4x800 relay with Hall-Thomsen, Letizio and Jaime Murray after finishing second in the event at the New England championships at the University of New Hampshire.

Burr, a senior, was first-team All-State in the 3,000 and the 4x800 relay, and second team in the 800. She was first-team All-Southern Division in the 800, 1,500, 4x400 relay and 4x800 relay.

She established the school record in the steeplechase at the Loucks Games in New York. She graduated with school records in the 1,600, mile and 3,000.

Burr missed the Class B meet to attend an orientation session at the University of Connecticut, where she will run next season.

“Obviously, another great year capping off a great career,” Federico said. “One of the best we’ve ever had at Westerly High. She will be missed. When she needed to run well, she did.”

Burr did not win her first state title until this indoor season. But Federico said lacking that wouldn’t have affected her standing among the school’s best.

“She had some really great performances. It wasn’t 20 years ago when the state really wasn’t that good,” Federico said. “Rhode Island has had some great distance runners when she was here.”

Federico, a sophomore, was first-team All-State in the 4x400, second team in the 200 and third team in the 400 and 4x100 relay.

Federico was first-team Class B in the 200, 400, 4x100 and 4x400. She was first-team Southern Division in the 200, 400, 4x400 and second team in the 4x100.

“She had a great year. Every big meet she showed up and competed well,” Federico said of his niece. “Helena and her are the same person. They are a great 1-2 punch in the 200 and 400. They are a big reason we were able to do what we did.”

Hall-Thomsen, a junior, was first-team All-State in the 4x400, second team in the 400 and third team in the 200 and 4x100. She was first-team Class B in the 4x100, 4x400 and second team in the 200 and 400.

She did not run in the Southern Division meet.

Hall-Thomsen ran cross country in the fall, and it showed in the outdoor season.

“She started [her career] as a 100, 200 runner. I think she found out she can do a little more,” Federico said.

Federico said her third-place finish in the 200 at the state meet gave the team a big boost.

“We really had not worked with her that much for the 200, and she came out with a big performance,” Federico said.

Junior Caelan Holdredge was second-team All-State in the 300 hurdles and third team in the 4x100.

She was first-team Class B and Southern Division in the 300 hurdles, and second-team Southern Division in the 100 hurdles and the 4x100. Holdredge holds the school record in both hurdles races.

“She really came up big this year, especially at the state meet,” Federico said. “She broke her own school record a couple of times, and she keeps improving and getting better. I think she has more confidence. I think she finally figured out that she is actually good at this.”

Junior Megan Albamonti was first-team All-State and Southern Division after winning the javelin at both meets. She plays softball full time and was third-team All-State in that sport as a catcher.

“Technically, she is still very, very raw,” Federico said. “She practiced when she could. Softball came first. If she had the time to devote to it and get into some technical stuff, she would throw 140.”

Albamonti won the state meet with a throw of 124-7. She hold the school record at 124-9. Victoria Carreiro, also a full-time softball player, was third-team All-State and second-team Southern Division in the javelin.

“They were both huge at the state meet,” Federico said. “Going into the meet they had to do well and they did.”

Letizio was first-team All-State in the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay. She was third-team All-State in the 4x100. 

Letizio, who will be run at Assumption College next season, was first-team Class B in the 1,500 and the 4x400, and third team in the 800. She was first-team Southern Division in the 4x400 and third team in the 800 and 4x100.

Murray, a junior, was first-team All-State in the 4x400 and 4x800. She was first-team Class B in the 4x400 and 4x100. She was second team in the 800. Murray was second-team Southern Division in the 800 and third team in the 4x100.

Senior Theresa Spear was third-team Class B in the discus and shot put, and second-team Southern Division in both events. Spear owns the school record in the shot put (34-5.5).

Junior Abbey Keegan was first-team All-State and Southern Division and second-team Class B in the 4x800. She was first-team Southern Division in the 4x400.

Junior Sadi Benn and freshman Jenna Burke were first-team Southern Division and second-team Class B in the 4x800.

Kata Cummings, who played lacrosse full time, was second-team Class B in the 4x800.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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